Posted December 03, 2013

2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

NFL Draft, NFL draft 2014

22. Miami Dolphins: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State

The Dolphins traded for Bryant McKinnie. That happened in real life. Miami has to find some answers at its tackle positions, even if the top few prospects there are off the board. Erving’s a high-risk, high-reward pick here — a player who could develop into a long-term starter on Ryan Tannehill’s blindside.

23. Dallas Cowboys: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

Buckeye run. And for the Cowboys, who have not gotten what they hoped they would from Bruce Carter this season, this pick might feel like a steal. Shazier is undersized compared to the prototypical 4-3 OLB, but he gets to the football over and over again.

24. Cleveland Browns — via Indianapolis: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

Boyd is going to be a hotly-debated prospect from now until the draft. Everything from his height to the great help he received from WRs such as Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins will go under the microscope. For the Browns, this pick is two-fold: 1. They still have to roll the dice on a potential franchise QB, even more so after adding a second first-round pick in the Trent Richardson trade; and 2. Boyd can stretch the field, which jibes well with Rob Chudzinski’s vertical-passing system.

25. Cincinnati Bengals: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson

In paying Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins, the Bengals all but assured that DE Michael Johnson would leave via free agency this summer. And in drafting Beasley, they would uncover a cheaper and possibly as-productive replacement.

26. San Francisco 49ers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

The 49ers have been searching for corner help since the offseason, which explains moves to add Nnamdi Asomugha (later waived) and Eric Wright. Verrett does not have top-end size at the position, but he’s demonstrated shutdown abilities throughout his career.

27. Kansas City Chiefs: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

The Chiefs ought to fly to the podium in the event that Lee falls into their laps. They remain shy of demonstrable talent at the receiver position, outside of Dwayne Bowe (and despite a solid season from Donnie Avery). Lee can get open and can make defenders look silly once he has the ball in his hands.

28. New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Hageman plays smaller than his 300-pound frame would indicate, but it’s that size that would up his value for a New England team that lost Vince Wilfork and then traded for Isaac Sopoaga this season. The Patriots covet guys who can both anchor and press into the backfield from the DT spot, and Hageman has those traits.

29. Carolina Panthers: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vandy

Not nearly enough attention has been paid yet to the second tier of receivers in this class — guys like Matthews, Jared Abbrederis, Tevin Reese or Jeremy Gallon who are destined to be productive pros. Matthews may not burn a lot of defenses deep, but he’s an ultra-reliable receiver at all areas of the field. He could complement Steve Smith now, then take over for him down the line.

30. New Orleans Saints: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

Considered really going for broke with someone like Oregon RB DeAnthony Thomas here — he’d be the eventual replacement for Darren Sproles, who has one year left on his contract and has battled injuries in 2013. But the line, particularly in relation to RT Zach Strief, needs a boost. Richardson, though a tad raw, does his best work as a pass-blocker — no small note, given Drew Brees’ presence in New Orleans.

31. Denver Broncos:  Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Champ Bailey and Quentin Jammer in the CB rotation, the Broncos could stand to get younger there. There is not much of a gap, if any, between the four CBs already taken and Gilbert. He’s a well-built corner who does not hesitate to fly up in run support.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

The rich get richer. Amaro’s in the midst of a huge year with the Red Raiders (98 catches for 1,240 yards), and he would absolutely devastate defenses up the seams in Seattle’s efficient offense. Zach Miller has done a serviceable job as Seattle’s tight end, but Amaro would represent a step up at that position.


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108 comments
scinfidel
scinfidel

This Raider fan would love to have Johnny Manziel at QB... 

ElBrett
ElBrett

obviously doesn't watch the news as Mariota already stated he is returning to Oregon. 

pittsburghstillers17
pittsburghstillers17

Where is Aaron Donald. Nobody is talking about him. His size may not be the greatest, but just look at the stats that he put up. He has played much better than the DTs predicted to go in the first round.

mike6479
mike6479

Chris Burke obviously likes taking QB's in the first round more than NFL GM's do.  But then again, his job isn't riding on it.

Anthony41
Anthony41

In this draft i would takw bridgewater, murray, mccarron, and thats it. The reason is that they all play in a pro style offense, so the learning curve is more manageable. Two if u look at their stats they are amazingly consistant, they dont have these huge 400 yrd 59 attempt type of games, they stay around 25-30 attempts and about 260 320 yrds a game with high comp. %. They throw their recievers open, ithats the biggest reason why i like all three of them, bc they not only make quick throws but they undersyans the mental side of the game enough to be able to put the ball into tight windows. In not gonna compare these guys to luck, thats infair hes the best qb prospect prob of all time, but if u look at wilsons numbers in college very similar to those three. Actually, bridgewater reminds me alot of a black matt ryan with his built and style of play and college stats. Ryan didnt go against the best competition either at bc, at that time the acc was worse than what it is now.T

NickFlack
NickFlack

mariotta staying certainly gives credibility to the vikings taking derek carr who until today i thought could be had much later.

lillyd11915
lillyd11915

I think AJ McCarron is the most underrated prospect in the draft. He has lost 3 games in his career, and has proven to be great under pressure, a class act, and a great QB to build around. (see 2 national titles as a starter for more proof)

ConnorFoutras
ConnorFoutras

Finally someone who doesnt have Browns blowing their first pick on a non-franchise QB if Bridgewater is off the board. Watkins would be a godsend to this team, and if you land Boyd later?! Perfect

John Schneck
John Schneck

Wow,  you have the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl, although I think it will be over New England... and you have them picking the right position, tight end, where Zach is a Free Agent we can't afford to resign. (he is the highest paid player on the team this year)

Good research.    

strawwalker
strawwalker

The Lions will pick  a WR in the 1st round, if Lee is available, and also a WR in the 2nd round Landry from LSU, And in the 3rd round CB Baptiste 

MattGent
MattGent

All these QB's are overrated except for Manziel, but I see him going back for 1 more year.  Clowney at 4?  Have you been hanging with Rob Ford.  Come one man, do you think a general manager is going to risk their job on Bridgewater or Mariota.  Both these guys are soft.  And how is Derek Carr or Zach Mettenberger in the first round.  Both those guys are day 3 QB's with a 3 year career, tops.  Everybody knows a good GM goes for talent not on needs.  You can always fill your needs in free agency with proven or developed players.  

Darrell1
Darrell1

Jacksonville won't be taking Mariota. Events have already made this list out of date.

MarioMedina
MarioMedina

nobody talking about the jets. they will get mike evans in the first round and tajh boyd in the secound round wait and see

NBA_Is_Useless
NBA_Is_Useless

Not saying he is wrong - but just amazing to see not one single RB in the first round.  Times have changed. A lot. 



Drew92410
Drew92410

The Texans need a quarterback. But can you imagine the possibilities if they were to get Clowney?! Watt at one end with Clowney on the other side of the line would be unfair!

Drew92410
Drew92410

You have Mettenberger going at #17 to Chicago, but neither of his stud receivers going in the first round? You think half of the first 8 picks will be QBs? Mr. Burke, do you have any idea what is going on?

IanMessner
IanMessner

Why in the world would the Browns take a WR first when they have no QB? Stupid.

zekenotfromcabincreek
zekenotfromcabincreek

Good photo at top of story.   USC's #72 was holding Barr the entire game---grabbed his jersey and dragged him to the turf once and did not receive a penalty.   Finally got tagged late in the game.   Barr's fumble causing sack was a terrific move.

UrsaMajor
UrsaMajor

Yeah, the Bears take a quarterback.  This year's defence is just a one year blip.  Next year all defenders will be back up to snuff.

StevenJGarlick
StevenJGarlick

Kyle Van Noy at BYU. Go watch last years bowl game and tell me he shouldnt be in the 1st round. I could see the Redskins, patriots, or seahawks getting him. 

StevenYaniz
StevenYaniz

Manziel will end up in Jacksonville or Houston, whichever is the most desperate for him


StevenYaniz
StevenYaniz

The Dolphins will look to free agency for an Offensive Tackle

mblackledge89
mblackledge89

Manziel to Raiders? absolute joke of a mock draft

RascalCat
RascalCat

I would love to see Mack in a Bills uni!

j7apple
j7apple

Teddy Bridgewater way overrated 

JBru92
JBru92

Barr destroyed USC's O-line on Saturday. He's going to be a superstar.

6marK6
6marK6

The crappiest excuses for 1st round quarterbacks I have ever seen.

6marK6
6marK6

Marcus Mariota as the 2nd pick in the draft? Is this April 1st? The guy cannot throw a football to save his life. Talk about a system/college quarterback. 

The_Flying_Erxlebens
The_Flying_Erxlebens

Ha-Ha Clinton Dix was suspended for improper benefits and has been flagged a bunch for illegal hits this season. No way the Rams pass on him at 15. Rams have a huge need at safety next to T.J. McDonald, and Jeff Fisher loves his dirty, low-character players.

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

"Pardon?", in my best Elaine voice.

You are going to draft a 5-11 kid with questionable at best character, no arm, and a penchant for interceptions number 8.

Oh wait, the Raiders, well ya never mind then.

You would have to be high out of your mind to think this kid is the eighth best prospect in the country.  I would not take him over McCarron.  If I am going to draft a kid with a so so arm, make it a 6-4 kid with good weight, who rarely loses, and does nothing but what is asked of him.  SMH.

Thomas15
Thomas15

@John Schneck new england will not win AFC. If they do, whatever the fu(k ernie adams is doing up there must be exposed to the light of day. HE is the genius that keeps them winning bringing guys in off the street. It's not bellichek or brady. It's HIM. And it's not football. 

JacobFS
JacobFS

@MattGent You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

1) If anyone is overrated it is Manziel, both Mariota and Bridgewater have more upside than Manziel and both are better pure QB's than Manziel.

2) Derek Carr is the best pure passer and most NFL ready QB in the entire draft. That is not my analysis those are actual experts & scouts quoted. "He is an NFL QB playing in college" another quote from actual experts (not foolish fans like yourself).

3) Everybody knows a good GM goes for talent not on needs???? Probably a huge reason you are not an NFL GM, but a naive and ignorant person posting a comment on a sports site???????

Derek Carr is a stud with a stronger arm than any of the other QB's in the draft, one of the fastest QB's available, and will be a top 10 pick.

Drew92410
Drew92410

Times have changed indeed. With the NFL now becoming a pass dominant league, the value on RBs is really downgraded. Gambling on a RB in the first round is very risky because recent history shows that for every Adrian Peterson or Marshawn Lynch there are several flops like Trent Richardson, William Green, Reggie Bush, Mark Ingram, etc. Value can be found in the later rounds. Just look at Eddie Lacy and Zach Stacy this year. Many times you can find the best backs through undrafted free agency like Arian Foster or Alfred Morris. I know that I would not want my team to consider drafting a RB until the 3rd round at least.

lillyd11915
lillyd11915

@Drew92410  i agree! Mettenberger is a good QB, with a great arm, but it is Landry and Odell Beckham's immense talent that has proven to be a game changer for LSU. any team would be lucky to grab either WR

JacobFS
JacobFS

@Drew92410 Do you have any idea what is going on??? This is expected to be one of the deepest QB drafts of the last 10 years so yes there could potentially be at least 8 QB's and as many as 12. Have you not seen the NFL this year and how many teams are in dire need of a QB??? Or teams who will be in need soon? Chargers, Broncos, Pats, Browns, Dolphins, Vikes, Rams, Cards, Raiders, Jets, Jags, Bears, Bucs, Texans, are all in need of a QB now, or have QB's on the last leg of their careers. Why not take a franchise QB now and let him develop for a couple years behind a hall-of-fame QB? There isn't another draft in sight that will have this much depth at the QB position. Have to take advantage of it while you can.

lillyd11915
lillyd11915

@StevenJGarlick I cant even imagine how amazing the Seahawks D would be if Van Noy went to them. They are already a force to be reckoned with, but with him prowling the field: Game Over

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

@mblackledge89 Keenum can play, to start over with Bridgewater, when you just need a new coach and some line pieces is silly.

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

@JBru92 Barr and Matthews are as close to can't miss as this weak draft gets.

duckfan59
duckfan59

@6marK6 you're an idiot. Mathill1 already called you on this so I'll save my keystrokes.

MatHill1
MatHill1

@6marK6 Yeah, cause highest total QBR, 65% completion percentage, the only QB to have two consecutive 30 TD passing seasons this year and last, all scream "can't throw a football".

The_Flying_Erxlebens
The_Flying_Erxlebens

@ToddBennett So we're really evaluating QBs by win-loss record, and not pretending there are 90 other guys on a college football team, particularly one as deep as Alabama?

mollymeggleston
mollymeggleston

@Drew92410 


I don't think I'd put Reggie Bush in the total bust category. He is having an awesome year for Detroit.

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

@The_Flying_Erxlebens @ToddBennett Did I not just spend time evaluating size and arm and character?  And do you really think for a minute Manziel wins the titles at Alabama in place of A.J.?  I don't.  Manziel is a mistake machine, especially against top tier defenses, or even, middling tier.

Drew92410
Drew92410

He definitely is. I was referring more to the value of the backs that the teams who drafted them received. Bush was not a bust for the Saints but they did use the second overall pick on him and he never really came close to matching that for the Saints. Likewise, Richardson was a top 5 pick 2 years ago for the Browns and he has already been traded. Both Bush and Richardson can still have solid careers. The teams that drafted them just did not get the most value out of their picks. Which is why I would wait till later rounds to draft a RB.

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

@BryanCustard @ToddBennett I see him as a rounder offer too.  They say that can be taught, and Donnie Avery might be proof, but there are guys in the middle to later rounds at small schools with similar physical specs that run sharper routes.  In my view the early rounds belong to franchise changing talent.  The lines, the QB, and skill positions.

To that end I have it Mariota, Barr, and Matthews in that order.  If you have a high pick, and can't get or don't need those three, trade down for depth.  Great chat but have to run.  Find me on facebook user id itwasamongtheitalians.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@ToddBennett @BryanCustard Agree on Matthews, and I like the Colston analogy, except I think that Evans is going to prove to be faster than Colston, thus alleviating some of the physicality concerns (however, I think Evans will continue to play more and more physical as he works with NFL strength and conditioning coaches). My concern with Evans is more in the route running, can he run the whole tree?


ToddBennett
ToddBennett

@BryanCustard @ToddBennett Got some Mike Irvin about him, for sure.  Best Aggie to draft is Matthews, can't ignore that pedigree.  Evans is being compared to Colston, but I see Colston as just a bit more physical against press coverages.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@ToddBennett @BryanCustard My thoughts exactly, I'm thinking that Mike Evans will be a stud in the league though lol, especially if his 40truly is in the high 4.4-4.5 range

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

@BryanCustard @ToddBennett QB is not that hard if all you have to do is throw jump balls to the best leaper.  He does not handle sophisticated schemes well, and has a tendency to take off and run way too often.  

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@ToddBennett I feel you on the Romo comparison, I have said all along that he is a weak armed Tony Romo lol, so its kinda nice to have someone agree with me. I personally think that the wounded duck passes he throws will catch up to him in the NFL, as well as his reliance on one receiver (Mike Evans), inability to read a defense (performance against hybrid/elite defenses outside of Alabama has been poor), turnovers, and boorish off-field behavior screams bust, especially in a QB under 6 ft tall. I was just trying to see what you would say ;)

ToddBennett
ToddBennett

@BryanCustard @ToddBennett Manziel did not do well against Alabama except for the stat sheet.  The two turnovers he coughed up changed the game.  Give me a QB who does not make mistakes.  That is a philosophical thing, you might like gunslingers.  At best Manziel is a slightly shorter, better toned Romo.  At worst he is Leaf, and that alone should give teams pause.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@ToddBennett Just to play Devil's advocate: you would consider this year's Alabama D to be < middling tier?